Monthly Archives: July 2010

E-prescribing of Controlled Substances

On June 3, 2010, DrFirst demoed the first system to legally e-prescribe controlled substance at the AHRQ Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. This is the first public demonstration of enhanced Rcopia e-prescribing technology that utilizes two factor authentication to electronically transmit prescriptions for schedule II-V drugs.

This system has been under development for two years operating under a waiver from the DEA and funded by a grant from AHRQ.

For more information regarding the system, visit


How good is the ipad for work


INSTA-connection.  Bus, plane, 10 mins at a cafe.  There’s no ‘firing up’ your computer.  Switch on. You’re connected

LOADS of battery power for the plane.ipad image manipulation1 What is my experience of the iPad so far

I can move images around with a swivel of my fingers, whether in pages (word document) or on slides.  It’s like magic.

Internet connection and gmail is great to use. So far hasn’t ever not been able to connect.

Skype – sound quality is fantastic and it’s not even made officially for the iPad yet

Light, easy to transport (in comparison to taking my laptop everywhere), great for showing presentations.

Reading – it’s my first experience of reading a book on a computer.  I’m addicted.

I can play on it – lots of fun apps to brows and go ‘ooooh look at that’ – free.


You can only work on one thing at a time – I’m guessing that’s a first generation thing. So there’s a lot of flipping back and forth but things open exactly where you left off and they open quickly.

No camera (some may say that’s a good thing).

ipad keyboard What is my experience of the iPad so farWriting and taking notes – is done via typing on a keyboard on the screen.  It’s slower than using a mouse and keyboard but on the plus side you don’t have to take them with you.

Auto-correct – you need it more because of the keyboard set up and when it works great, when it corrects wrongly it’s a pain (see lack of arrow and delete keys below).

Slide and document fonts are not as extensive as on laptop.


Typing, moving things around are all done with your fingers (as opposed to keyboard and mouse).  It’s Fiddly if you’re not used to Mac movements on an iPhone (which I’m not) I kept selecting the wrong thing, deleting when trying to paste – with practice and I suspect that will get easier, and the developers may also make it easier.

No delete key and no arrow keys. Very annoying.  You have to press on a word, get the curser in exactly the right place and then fiddle to edit it.

Because of the ‘finger editing’ – working on documents and presentations is Slow.

Social sites – I share a lot of things from websites.  Sharing urls on facebook and twitter is a few too many clicks yet.  Not convenient or easy.  Again, suspect it’s a first generation thing.

Tried to edit a wordpress blog – wouldn’t show me the html code.

To-the-point comments of an iPad user.

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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


Viral Marketing with YouTube videos , Viral marketing and Copyright Issues

YouTube’s Margaret Gould Stewart discusses how YouTube looks at copyright and technology usage rights.
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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in copyright, Viral marketing, YouTube


Pfizer Starts Social-Media Channel On

July 28–Pfizer Inc., in a first for a regulated industry, announced Tuesday the launch of its own social-media channel.

The channel, on the SlideShare site, will provide a space at which the public can access investor and corporate presentations along with documents and videos.

“This channel offers an integrated social media experience, delivering a variety of content — presentations, video, blog posts — via the largest online resource for sharing presentations,” said Ray Kerins, Pfizer’s vice president for external affairs and worldwide communications, in a statement. “We’re pleased to be the first company in a regulated industry to create a custom channel on SlideShare.”

Check for the presentations

Also read the blog entry on slideshare blog:

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


The Most Popular Electronics of the 1980’s..

Here are a dozen technologies that became popular in the 1980s:

  • Personal computers
  • Graphical user interface
  • CDs
  • Walkmans
  • VCRs
  • Camcorders
  • Video game consoles
  • Cable television
  • Answering machines
  • Cell phones
  • Portable phones
  • Fax machines

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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


Physician uptake of smartphones grows by leaps | Healthcare IT News

Physician adoption of smartphones is experiencing exponential growth, according to “Point of Care Communications for Physicians,” a new study from Spyglass Consulting Group.

The study shows significant trends on how physicians across the United States are adopting mobile communications at point of care to improve communications and collaboration, streamline productivity, and enhance patient care and safety.

The report reveals 94 percent of physicians are using smartphones to communicate, manage personal and business workflows, and access medical information. This represents a 60 percent increase from Spyglass’ findings in a similar study published in November 2006. At that time, 59 percent of physicians were using smartphones.

“Physician smartphone adoption is occurring more rapidly than with members of the general public,” said Gregg Malkary, managing director of Spyglass Consulting Group. “Physicians are showing a clear preference for using the Apple iPhone (44 percent) over the RIM Blackberry (25 percent).”

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Study Finds No Association between Childhood Cancer and Proximity to Mobile Phone Towers

Radiofrequency fields are now ubiquitous, and several studies have assessed their potential health effects,1 with predominantly negative results. The two main areas of research are exposure associated with the use of mobile phones—for example, the recently published INTERPHONE study2—and risks associated with transmitters, including mobile phone masts.

The linked case-control study by Elliott and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.c3077), assesses whether proximity to masts during pregnancy raises the risk of children developing leukaemia or a tumour in the brain or central nervous system.3 The study identified 1397 British children registered with leukaemia or a tumour in the brain or central nervous system between 1999 and 2001, and it compared each of these children with four controls sampled from the national birth registers who were matched for sex and date of birth. The study found no association between the risk of cancer in early childhood and exposure to a mobile phone

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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Uncategorized